Low Rent Contributing to Higher Crime Rates?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark-- Police still looking for a father - they say shot his adult son Sunday morning. It happened at the Spanish Jon's Apartments on West 65th - the second shooting this past week.

Raising the question - does low apartment costs contribute to higher crime?

Police sirens and crime scene tape.

"If you spend a week out here you'll see what I'm talking about," says John Richardson.

Nothing new - for Richardson - who's been living at the apartments for two years. "Every two or three days for a homicide a shooting or something, so the crime rate out here is pretty high," says John.

Police say a father shot his adult son Sunday morning - the second shooting at the complex in a week. Raising the question - if crime happens more in areas with low cost housing. "A lot of criminal activity centers around finances," says city director, Ken Richardson.

The Spring Valley Apartments, Big Country Chateau Apartments, and Spanish Jon's apartments - all have seen multiple shootings this year.

Apartments at spring valley range anywhere from $450 - $650, Big Country Chateau  $650-$750, Spanish Jon's Apartments - $535-$750. "It's based on your income and what you make and what you pay in terms of rent," says Richardson. Richardson says most of the crime is not limited to low cost housing but rather  areas where there are high unemployment rates.

"It's not centered around gang involvement or group involvement," says Richardson. While John Richardson says paying $500 dollars a month is ideal.

"This is not a safe place to live," says John. He's planning to relocate to someplace safer. "Oh yea, we're moving, we're moving, we might move today," says John.

No arrests have been made in both shootings.


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